As of Friday morning, the powerful storm is staying focused on the Bahamas, where it is already wreaking havoc. But as The Weather Channel notes in an update, “the official forecast path for the center of Joaquin no longer includes the U.S. East Coast.”
The National Weather Service warned that Joaquin might still swipe Cape Cod and the surrounding area as well as Nova Scotia, so residents are urged to follow the storm’s path closely.
Swells generated by Joaquin are already affecting the coastline of the southeastern US, and those dangerous surf conditions are expected to move north this weekend along with the storm. Massive flooding is likely in South Carolina, with floods possible as far north as Connecticut.
Already, it’s very rainy all up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and the National Weather Service said that “very heavy rains, not associated with Joaquin, are expected to produce flooding over portions of the Atlantic coastal states.”
While the US East Coast is likely out of the main path of the hurricane, people should still brace for a wet and windy weekend. We should expect “multiple impacts from the evolving large-scale weather pattern, including flooding rainfall, coastal flooding, high surf, beach erosion, and gusty winds,” The Weather Channel meteorologists warn. “These threats will extend well inland from the Atlantic coast.”
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